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Overeem vs. Rogers Will Be for Strikeforce Heavyweight Title


("Y’know, Alistair, I think I can get you a role in the next Iron Man flick. We can call you ‘Juice Man.’ Or ‘Needle Man.’ No offense." / Photo courtesy of allelbows.com.)

Strikeforce confirmed last night that the May 15th heavyweight battle between Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and mohawked contender Brett Rogers — originally thought to be a non-title fight — will now be for the belt. The decision was made "after much internal debate," and will bring Overeem back under the Strikeforce banner for the first time since he beat up Paul Buentello in November 2007. Since then, Overeem has gone 7-0 with 1 no contest against such notable cans as Tony Sylvester and James Thompson.

So let’s get this out of the way: Of course it’s ridiculous that Brett Rogers has effectively earned a title shot by getting smoked by Fedor Emelianenko. But he and Alistair were available in May, and Fedor wasn’t. And what would happen if Rogers beat Overeem in a non-title fight? Would they need to have an immediate rematch for the belt, while Fedor takes another meaningless exhibition? Would it be another 30 months before Alistair decided to grace Strikeforce with his presence? In the end, it just makes more sense if the champion defends his title against somebody. Anybody.

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Komodo- March 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm
I hope Rogers knocks Overoids the fuck out.
steampunk22- March 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm
Typical Strikeforce/M-1 weirdness.

Fedor wouldn't fight Overeem without a drug test. Overeem has the belt.

Fedor needed a second (of three) fight due to his contract, so he is essentially relegated to gatekeeper and gets to fight the winner of a future-contender match in Werdum/Silva.

Fedor will most likely wreck Werdum. Good for Strikeforce, good for M-1. So-so for Fedor.

There is a chance that Rogers can actually beat Overeem, thus returning the belt to the land of the non genetically enchanced MMA fighter. However there is always an inherent risk in fighting Overeem due to his freakish size and strength, and its no wonder that M-1 wouldn't want to risk their golden goose against him. Rogers fits.

Rogers is the perfect fit actually. He gets rewarded with a title shot, keeping him in Strikeforce and away from the UFC, he has a very good chance at charging in like an idiot and knocking Overeem out, or atleast taking him down and ending the fight.

It then sets up the rematch of Rogers and Fedor. A fight that Rogers wants, that Fedor has offered, and that the fans, well, sort of maybe want to see if there is nothing else on thats better.

M-1 pitches their top fighter, the arguable best heavyweight in the world, against an opponent he has already beat, for the Strikeforce heavyweight belt, on national television, on the LAST fight of his contract.

That, my dearies, is CLASSIC M-1 Global.

Sha-ZAM.

Assuming Fedor beats Werdum and Rogers beats Overeem of course. If any of that changes, look for M-1 to tricky things up REAL fast.
peckawoodd- March 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I am drunk.

I've come to the conclusion that Strikeforce sucks. I wanted to have faith and I did, but come on... Fedor cold-cocks Rogers and the defeated gets a title shot?
piratepirate- March 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Overeem seen here in rare form discussing horse meat prices with his butcher.
AussieJosh- March 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm
I hope Rogers wins!
2phresh- March 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm
they should just relinquish the title and..heck relinquish strikeforce all together
Owen Loves His Mamma- March 29, 2010 at 10:50 am
Brett Rogers gets TKO'd by Fedor. Fedor is sent to the minors to fight Fabricio Werdum, and Rogers gets the "title shot" against that puffy Dutch roid popper? How can this possibly be anything but a step backwards for Fedor and Strikeforce? The only person who can win in this thing is Brett Rogers, because if he knocks out Overeem his stock goes up for either a Fedor rematch or a UFC contract.

I used to think Dana White's rants were jealous non-competitive bluster, but now I understand what pisses him off so much. Strikeforce acquired Fedor ostensibly as the world's greatest heavyweight, but by keeping him out of title contention against top talent, they're confusing the fans and contradicting their own interests.
cecils_pupils- March 29, 2010 at 9:35 am
I still won't believe it until Overbitch is actually in the ring... on U.S. soil.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- March 29, 2010 at 9:23 am
Ya know, I just read the caption to that photo again.

Personally, I would have gone with "The Juice-inator"....

Anyway, what does this say about Overeem that his suspected drug usage is just an open joke in the MMA community?

Overeems done nothing to defend it beside saying he eats horse meat.

The guys a disgrace. The more I think about it, the madder I get.

There's an MMA "freakshow" in Japan that's missing a freak...
JCVD as Timecop- March 29, 2010 at 8:37 am
Definitely the right choice for Strikeforce; however, I'm skeptical that Brett Rogers is the man to do this. I have a feeling it'll just be one more win for Overeem and one less competitive heavyweight they have on their roster, which is something that they don't need.
budsellers- March 29, 2010 at 7:58 am
this is what happens when your hype man(president) has no spine - scott coker called on him to perform in 2009 and was told that owereem was unable to fight; that is grounds for being stripped

if brock fails to compete or pulls out of the july 3rd date(which is now public) for any reason, he should also be stripped and carwin can then fight a new challenger for his undisputed title

knucklesamitch- March 29, 2010 at 6:43 am
jimbonics +1.
jimbonics- March 29, 2010 at 6:38 am
Suck it Finkelstein.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- March 29, 2010 at 6:35 am
Agreed. This is the best move Strikeforce could make. This is their only chance to get Overeem to do SOMETHING for them, so ya better make it for the belt.

Yes, Rogers got smoked by Fedor. But should Fedor vs Rogers been a fight for the belt? With Fedor coming in for belt contention in his first fight in the organization?

Look....it's clear that events went bass-ackwards. Let's just make the best of it and pray that Overeem gets KTFO so that someone who actually respects the Strikeforce belt will have it around their waist

....at least until Fedor fights for it.

So Overeem goes 7-0-1NC in over TWO YEARS and he can't find time to defend his title? Too busy beatin' up scrubs, kicking 12 year old girls, eating horse meat and kneeing Cro Cop's groin? Overeem is a terrible ambassador for the sport. I can't wait to see Rogers knock his block off.

As for Rogers: I think he's for real. Granted, most of his early fights were guys ya never heard of. But Humphrey and Arlovski were legit opponents. Also, he's the first guy since 2006 to actually take Fedor into the second round. he may have lost to Fedor, but he sure put up a good fight.
agentsmith- March 29, 2010 at 6:29 am
It's the right move. It's pointless to have champs do non-title fights unless it's in a different weight class, cause if he loses it still tarnishes his champ-ness.

And Strikeforce would probably be happier if Rogers wins, then they can tell Overeem to fuck off back to Japan and be done with him.
rlh61- March 29, 2010 at 6:21 am
All things considered, this is about the best thing Strikeforce can do...and that in itself is a sad statement about the organization. Not trying to bash them because I do want to see them do well...maybe this is just one of the struggles for an up-and-coming organization...with an 800 lb. gorilla as the competition that wants to smash them.
Viva Hate- March 29, 2010 at 6:17 am
Nice pic, you can catch them in their internet hit 2 roiders 1 needle.
knucklesamitch- March 29, 2010 at 6:11 am
This is definitely the right move. Strikeforce HAS to get that belt off of Overeem. If they are actually going to get him to fight on US soil, then it has to be for the title.

Personally, the CORRECT move would have been to strip him of the title for being unable/unwilling to defend for over 2 years...then the Fedor/Rogers fight could have been for the vacant title like it should have been. Either way, this is a good move for Strikeforce.
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